Thursday, July 19, 2012

No Escape, 22x28, oil

Another bear out for a quick meal...still experimenting w/ techniques to render the water.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grabbing Lunch, 30x30, oil

Grabbing lunch is pretty easy if you are a bear and the streams are full of salmon moving upstream to spawning grounds.  It's a little tougher if you are an artist trying to render said scene full of transparent splashing water, wet fur, slimy fish, etc.  What was I thinking?  Gallery canvas 30x30x1.5
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Untitled, 10x20, Sold

Bears.....I am painting a series of bears, mostly fishing for salmon.  If you have ever had the good fortune to see this, it is really a staggering experience.  Thankfully, the bears are more interested in the salmon than the people, and the salmon are plentiful, and that is a very good thing.  I want to show the force of the water, the power of the bears, and the determination of these salmon...some of whom lose their uphill battle to the bears, but many more manage to return to their original nesting grounds to spawn and die...quite a life cycle.  This is not a great photograph, but this painting sold and this was the only photo I have.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sunflowers, 30x24, oil

More sunflowers.  They are such happy flowers. The challenge of clear glass vases is always fun to paint.  30x24x2.5 gallery canvas

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Late Summer, 11x14, oil

Late summer field of sunflowers, painted from last year's trip to Provence.  This just brings back good memories of some beautiful lazy days in a lovely area.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Friends, 30x24, oil

I am particularly partial to labrador retrievers, as my canine companion is a much loved chocolate lab.  These three are ready to hunt, just waiting for the command to 'retrieve' their quarry.  Anyone who has hunted with a well trained dog appreciates the excitement and joy that the dog brings to the is really beautiful to watch!  My dog hunts nothing more than the newspaper and she is always so thrilled with her accomplishment!!!!!...and so am I, bless her heart!  30x24x2.5 gallery canvas

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Playtime, 14x18, oil

Watching the retrievers at the dog park almost allows me to forget how hot it is in Texas this summer.  This one would chase this ball until your arm fell off from throwing it.  The sun was throwing nice reflections in the dark water.  Oil on gallery canvas, 14x18x1.5

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Naptime, 14x18, oil

Dogs have a way of flopping down and making themselves totally comfortable...that deep, shoulder slumping sigh before they fall fast asleep always makes me jealous of their pure contentment.  That is what I am trying to capture in this snoozing canine.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Establishing Dominance, 16x20, oil

Yikes, these rival wolves have issues...don't we all?  I am enjoying painting animals, and thought I should post a few of these efforts.  Trying to render fur in all its different forms is challenging. I still want to paint loosely and will always take some liberties with color...16x20x1.5, oil on gallery canvas.
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